By Troy Jefferson
The title says it all. The Washington Redskins (10-6) entered FedEx field with only one way to make the playoffs and that was to defeat the hated Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys (8-8) started off the game by throwing two interceptions. The Redskins couldn’t cash in on Tony Romo’s picks, settling for a punt and missing a field goal. After a 13-play 89-yard drive, Jason Witten caught a 9-yd touchdown pass from Romo.
The Redskins and Cowboys traded punts before the Redskins were able to put points on the board. With 3:28 left in the second quarter, Alfred Morris rushed for a 17-yd touchdown run. The score would stand until half time.
Robert Griffin III scored on a 10-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter and gave the Redskins their first lead of the game. RG3 went 9/18 for 100 passing yards, 63 rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown.
Dan Bailey and the Dallas Cowboys responded with a field goal after a 10-play 44-yard drive. Redskins’ defensive coordinator, Jim Haslett had a solid game plan and the execution was solid as well. Washington forced three turnovers, had two sacks and held Dallas to 296 total yards. Alfred Morris added to his total early in the fourth quarter when he ran for a 32-yard touchdown.
The rookie running back had 33 carries for 200 yards and three touchdowns. A Dwayne Harris punt return gave Dallas excellent field position. Three plays later, Kevin Ogletree caught a 10-yard touchdown pass and Dwayne Harris/Romo converted on a two-point conversion. With the score 21-18, Washington punted the ball to the Cowboys. Tony Romo had the ball in his hands with three timeouts and less than four minutes on the clock. But, the Cowboy signal caller could not exorcise his late game demons on this night.
Redskins’ linebacker, Rob Jackson sealed the game when he picked off Tony Romo. And Alfred Morris put the icing on the cake when he scored from the one-yard line, making the final score Washington 28 Dallas 18.
Game MVP(s): Alfred Morris and DeAngelo Hall
Moving Forward: The Seattle Seahawks (11-5) travel to the nation’s capital next Sunday for a wild card round matchup.